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Thailand legalises early abortions; pro-choice groups want more

Zsombor Peter, Aljazeera – 9 February 2021 Until now in Thailand, women were only permitted to have an abortion if the pregnancy was a result of rape or posed serious mental or physical risk to either the mother or the baby. This law makes Thailand one of the most progressive states in the region considering…

HOW DOES ASIA VIEW THE US ELECTIONS? IS ‘DEMOCRACY AT WORK’ ATTRACTIVE?

Chairman and Founder of the Asia Scotland Institute, Roddy Gow OBE, has recently had the following article published in the Scotsman. As we have watched the drama play out on television and in the press that has been the US Presidential Election of 2020, how is this seen by others? Even in Scotland where we…

Indian pharma is being squeezed – and it’s bad news for drug access in developing countries

Thankom Arun, University of Essex and Reji Joseph, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development – The Conversation India’s pharmaceutical industry is renowned for selling medicines to the world at reasonable prices, especially developing countries. This has helped Africa in its fight against HIV/Aids, for instance. Such endeavours have earned India a reputation as the “pharmacy…

Coronavirus: Is the cure worse than the disease? The most divisive question of 2020

Danny Dorling, University of Oxford In 1968, at the height of the last great influenza pandemic, at least a million people worldwide died, including 100,000 Americans. That year A.M.M. Payne, a professor of epidemiology at Yale University, wrote: In the conquest of Mount Everest anything less than 100% success is failure, but in most communicable…

Five COVID-19 aftershocks reshaping mobility’s future

This article is a collaboration by members of the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility, including Martin Hattrup-Silberberg, Saskia Hausler, Kersten Heineke, Nicholas Laverty, Timo Möller, Dennis Schwedhelm, and Ting Wu – McKinsey & Company The pandemic will change the face of mobility, both now and when the crisis ends. COVID-19 has swept the globe in a matter of months,…

Coronavirus: how the pharma industry is changing to produce a vaccine on time

Beatrice Melinek, UCL and Stephen Morris, UCL To bring COVID-19 under control a vaccine needs to be available to every nation, rich and poor – and it needs to happen quickly. But pharmaceutical breakthroughs are usually the result a slow process involving competition, secrecy, risky investments and extensive trials. Changing any big industry to speed…

Reimagining emerging ASEAN in the wake of COVID-19

Larger, developed nations have generally had the resources and infrastructure to weather the global pandemic and provide a solid foundation for recovery. Less-developed countries, including emerging ASEAN (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) began the crisis at a disadvantage, and COVID-19 exposed and often heightened their challenges. McKinsey has conducted research on emerging ASEAN countries…

Preventing future waves of COVID-19

When history books one day recount the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, it may well be a tale of human ingenuity and adaptiveness. Although the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, has infected more than 24 million people and left more than 800,000 dead as of this writing, the early projections of mortality were much…

Let’s end the COVID-19 blame game: Reconsidering China’s role in the pandemic

Jamie Horsley – Brookings Institution According to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “today we’re all still wearing masks and watching the pandemic’s body count rise because the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] failed in its promises to the world.” This was the most prominent recent example of the Trump administration blaming China, particularly the Chinese Communist Party, for…